The episode was OK for a recap episode, focusing on the human relationship part of the series rather then the sci-fi one. We get very little to no character development. I personally think they could have created a situation more like the brutality of the manga and play up Hitomi’s critical role in Ryoko’s growth. (See graphic novel Vol. 3, one of the best in the series). Instead we only get the brief "I want to care too" moment, and Ryoko just plods through.